Livelihoods

February 10, 2017
The tablet girls of Ranchi. (Photo by Alok Gupta)

Tablet girls of Jharkhand storm digital bastion

Trained and equipped by the Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society, bookkeepers of women’s self-help groups in villages are using computer tablets to maintain loan records

February 1, 2017
Residents of Bariyarpur village have borrowed money and settled on the southern side of the elevated road to escape the regular flooding. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Bariyarpur farmers paying heavy price for Gopalganj-Bettiah bridge

Victims of ill-planned infrastructure development, villagers in this Paschim Champaran village are now forced to migrate because prime agricultural land has turned infertile. Flooding in parts of the village has increased as well, they say

January 20, 2017
A Kashmiri artisan weaving a Pashmina shawl on his handloom. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Damage to Kashmiri handicrafts is affecting livelihoods

Sales of handmade Kashmiri carpets and shawls, which are the most profitable proportion of the valley’s once-thriving handicrafts industry, have declined drastically as machine-made products flood the market

January 13, 2017
Apiarist Vivek Khalokar inspecting a hive in Amravati, Maharashtra. (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Impure honey eats into small producers’ margins

Independent and small beekeepers are uniting against adulterated and diluted honey sold in the domestic market by companies fighting a price war

January 11, 2017
Rearing fish spawn in cages in Andhra Pradesh.

India should gear up for a blue revolution

The productivity of inland fisheries can be boosted massively if governments get out of the way of operations and let fish enterprises grow across India

January 9, 2017
Fish is being grown to a marketable size by a cooperative society in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

Communities in Andhra Pradesh find success in inland fisheries

Minimal interventions in Andhra Pradesh districts such as Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, and Anantapur show that it is possible to boost the productivity of inland fisheries without too much effort

January 2, 2017
Women have started playing the dhak, a big drum traditionally played only by men.

Drummer girls of Bengal step up with a new beat

Despite long neglect, the dhak might be getting a new lease of life as women have stormed a male bastion and have taken up playing Bengal’s traditional big drum

December 28, 2016
Marathwada suffers from a chronic shortage of water and rainfall is often scanty. (Photo by Harini Calamur)

It’s much better to dig than to build for water

Learning from some exemplary instances in drought-prone Marathwada, it makes sense for government programs to dig tanks and deepen streams for water sufficiency instead of building expensive structures

December 26, 2016
Komalam Ramachandran of Naduvilkara in Thrissur district and her son in front of the well in their house. (Photo by S. Gopikrishna Warrier)

Kerala fights drought with recharged wells

For a region that does not want for water, Kerala is extending a rainwater harvesting programme in the central district of Thrissur to all parts of the state following the recent droughts

December 19, 2016
Bhaskar Bhau Somamalik does not migrate any more to Mumbai in search of work. In one rabi season, he earns about Rs 50,000. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Palghar’s tribal farmers sow and sell as a collective to reap benefits

Collective farming is not only helping farmers sell their produce far and wide but has also arrested migration and increased the well-being of farmer families